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« on: October 11, 2004 02:43:23 PM »

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I've searched the web and found it ridiculously difficult to find a tutorial on sewing an inside corner with bias tape. I'm talking about the double-fold stuff. What I'm considering is cutting a V-neck into a t-shirt and then using a contrast-colored bias tape to finish the raw edge off and add some color. I'm not sure how to go about it. I'm sure bunches of people here have done it... does anyone know of a good -- preferably visual -- tutorial to help me out? I know how to do outer corners and curves... but not an inside point.

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2004 08:00:33 AM »

Hi Dorion,

You might have some luck here:

http://www.wrights.com/class/sewing/doublefoldbias/doublefoldbias.htm
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2004 08:07:54 AM »

That was one of the first places I looked, actually. It shows an outside corner, but not an inside corner. Or am I missing something?

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2004 12:21:35 PM »

Wouldn't you just fold the tape opposite to what it says on those instructions?
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2004 12:30:13 PM »

I dont think so. Bias tape is open on one side, so mitering the side that's open is a fairly straight-forward exercise. But mitering the side that isnt open? And doing it on an edge that's already cut into a vee? I can probably struggle through it, but I just know that there's some "easy" way, some trick of the trade, that someone somewhere can let me in on.

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2004 01:01:09 PM »

Well, you're doing a pointed circle, right?  The bias tape has to have a join somewhere, why not have it at the point.

So start at the point, go around the neckline, and then end at the point again.  To make it look like a mitered corner, cut a slit along the center fold (the one that goes over the edge of the fabric) and fold the two corners that you've just made towards the underside/inside of the bias tape (so that if you flattened it, you've made an inside corner at the center of the bias tape).  Depending on the depth of the slit, you can alter the angle of the miter, and therefore make it so that the seam at the front goes straight up and down.

an easy way to do that would be to cut the bias tape at least an inch too long, slit it to the right length, and then play with how much length you leave in the miter fold before trimming it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2004 07:24:58 AM »

I follow you. That would certainly work, though I worry I'm not a fine enough stitcher to make it look clean. But I'm still discovering The Wonderful World of Bias Binding, hoping I will eventually have enough control to make it behave as I'd like...

I was looking at the edging on the neck of a camisole, and I can see how the vee corner is tacked. But I suspect that, in this case, the edging was put on before the garment was constructed -- in other words, it was put on the straight edge, and then the entire edge was folded in and tacked. Or I may be completely wrong.

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